Japan offers financial assistance to Yemeni development programs (Yemen)

Japan is planning to fund a number of new development projects in Yemen, it announced this week. Known as the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, this government scheme supports projects proposed by various bodies, such as non-governmental organizations, local government authorities and international organizations working in the country. The program introduces flexible support for development projects at the grassroots level. Previously, the program was known as Small-Scale Grant Assistance.


The GGP provides non-refundable financial assistance to NGOs, hospitals, primary schools and other non-profit associations, to help implement their development projects. GGP funds are provided to the recipient organization after an examination and evaluation of each application by the Japanese government on an annual, project-by-project basis. Projects most likely to be funded by Japan include those involving basic education, school rehabilitation, primary health care, hospitals, and the provision of medical equipment. Japan is also eager to fund drinking water projects, anit-poverty projects, hygiene projects and environmental projects. The grant amount per project is generally under 10 million yen (about $82,000).

Prospective applicants should note that the following budget items cannot be financed: consumables (except in case of emergency relief or for humanitarian needs), running and maintenance cost of a facility and equipment, and administrative costs of a recipient organization. "Education and vocational education, health and rural water are the things that we are interested in because it reflects human security in living, and our lives to be happy," said Yoji Hattori, First Secretary in Japan Embassy. Hattori said that there are have been many injured by mine explosions in Yemen since the war of 1994. "We are improving the lives of those infected, so that they could be compatible with their community.

We will continue our efforts towards good for the Yemen nation," he said. Shinji Hirose, Program Associate, said that there are two projects that have already been agreed upon by the Japanese government. One is a project by the Mine Survivors Association, and the other project is a project of environmental reform in Hodeidah. "The first project will be implemented by the Mine Survivors Association. They will establish and install workshops for carpentry, welding and garment making and textile yarn in some areas in Yemeni governorates," Hirose said.

The workshops that we will establish will distribute goods to the areas affected by mines as a result of wars, Hirose said. "Of course this will support those affected by mines and improve the standard of living through getting jobs because the objective of this project is to provide employment opportunities for those affected by mines." The second project will be executed by the Association of Environmental Reform in the governorate of Hodeidah. This project will be in the area of al-Dhawnieh, in the al-Marawe'a district in Hodeidah Governorate.

"The association will establish a water tank and construct water systems in neighboring regions, and will maintain the existing pumps there," said Hirose. He said that the purpose of this assistance is to improve and reduce the problems of water in the al-Dhawnieh area and its neighboring areas, because these areas are affected by malaria due to the lack of health facilities, such as water and irrigation networks. "I think that the two projects will improve the health of women and children there," Hirose said. The rest of the allocations are expected to be announced next week.

Von: 04.07.2007, Fares Anam, www.yobserver.com

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